Mowatt’s stun­ner tames Ter­ri­ers

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Es­ther Jack­son

STEVE EVANS in­sists he will make it his life’s work to en­sure Leeds United’s for­tunes take an about-turn af­ter his side earned their sec­ond win in a week af­ter blow­ing away Hud­der­s­field Town.

Mirco An­tenucci and Chris Wood both scored in first-half stop­page time, while a sim­ply ma­jes­tic sec­ond-half strike from Alex Mowatt ended an ex­cel­lent week for Evans with a derby win.

Win­less af­ter his first three games, doubts sur­round­ing the ap­point­ment re­fused to sim­mer down, but Evans him­self be­lieves, given a chance, his devo­tion to the cause will ul­ti­mately re­sult in suc­cess.

“All I ask at Leeds United and the peo­ple of Leeds is that they do give me an op­por­tu­nity. I’m go­ing to try with both hands to grab that op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“I’ve said if I drive out of Leeds and it’s to­mor­row or if I get re­moved next year or when­ever it might be, I’ll be bro­ken hearted be­cause I’ve put every­thing into my job.

“There’s no ques­tion that we are bet­ter than our cur­rent po­si­tion.

“I didn’t plan for us to play so poorly in the first 30 min­utes but the first piece of qual­ity in the game came from Stu­art Dal­las when he cre­ated the goal and it was a piece of magic for the sec­ond goal.

“In the sec­ond half the team talk didn’t change, they knew I wasn’t happy but they weren’t happy and that’s a good sign when they walk in not happy de­spite be­ing 2-0 up in this league.

“You can’t be hav­ing days off when you are in 17th and 18th in the league like the Cham­pi­onship. We were pleased with the fi­nal end prod­uct around the box. I think that it was more clin­i­cal.”

A nasty head in­jury to Leeds de­fender Liam Cooper stood out dur­ing an un­event­ful first half, but Leeds used the eight min­utes of stop­page time to their ad­van­tage, rac­ing into a two-goal lead.

Scott Woot­ton’s search­ing ball up the right flank was nod­ded down by Wood to Dal­las, who then de­liv­ered a de­li­cious ball into the six-yard box where An­tenucci was on hand to score.

And then two min­utes later Wood him­self was well placed to tap in from five yards af­ter An­tenucci had done ex­tremely well to reach the by­line be­fore cut­ting the ball back for his striker.

The third, com­ing on 54 min­utes, was spe­cial – Woot­ton ris­ing high­est to win a header that bounced kindly for Mowatt, who then smashed the ball into the top cor­ner with his left foot from 25 yards.

Marco Sil­vestri then made two mag­nif­i­cent saves to deny James Vaughan’s pow­er­ful strike and Harry Bunn from close range.

But with new Town man­ager David Wag­ner watch­ing on from the stands, academy boss Mark Lil­lis be­lieves the new man will have plenty of tal­ent to work with de­spite the re­sult.

“I thought the per­for­mance was good and I was pleased with the way we went about es­pe­cially the sec­ond half, I told the lads we showed a lot of brav­ery,” he said.

“I was re­ally pleased, the third goal is a fan­tas­tic goal, you know that killed us but you know we kept go­ing right till the end and we could have had a goal.

“I’m re­ally gut­ted for the sup­port­ers but I feel like I’ve let them down some­times be­cause I’ve played in a derby and I know what’s It’s like when you win a derby.

“David Wag­ner will have new ideas and I will be lis­ten­ing to him a lot and hope­fully he will learn off me as well.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

MOW’S THAT! A won­der goal from Alex Mowatt helped Leeds see of their York­shire ri­vals Hud­der­s­field

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